Pakistani cinema owners all set to lift self-imposed ban on Indian films

Published: December 17, 2016
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Pakistani cinema owners are all set to to lift the self-imposed ban on Indian films.

Speaking exclusively to The Express Tribune on Saturday, Chairman Film Exhibitors Association Zoraiz Lashari confirmed that cinema owners would begin screening Indian films across Pakistan from December 19 (Monday).

“Cinema business has been hit immensely and all stakeholders felt it was the right time to begin screening Indian films. It was always a self imposed suspension, not a ban. So I’ll be releasing Freaky Ali in our cinemas and other cinema owners will follow suit,” said Lashari.

Meanwhile, an owner of a film distributing company, requesting anonymity, said the move was to pave way for a big release by a private media group in the country.

“A big media group and film exhibitors/distributors in India are trying to release Dungal in Pakistan. They are testing public sentiments and also the government’s reaction by releasing Freaky Ali at CineStar cinema,” he added.

He went on to add how stakeholders in India were also being hit by the move to by the self-imposed ban. “We will first test waters with these unreleased films and then begin negotiations with Indian distributors to continue the import of movies into Pakistan,” he added.

CineStar has already updated its cinema schedule to include Pink and Freaky Ali but a screening has yet to be held.

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  • Bunny Rabbit
    Dec 17, 2016 - 6:02PM

    welcome move … if 2 countries fight , why should ban be on art and music ?Recommend

  • menon
    Dec 17, 2016 - 6:04PM

    Lol lol lolRecommend

  • Melon
    Dec 17, 2016 - 6:36PM

    @Bunny Rabbit:
    Calling something like bollywood art is a disgrace to the name of art itself Recommend

  • Shahid
    Dec 17, 2016 - 6:45PM

    Pakistan has always admired Indian films and music. Ban on such stuff is never sensible. Recommend

  • Umair
    Dec 17, 2016 - 7:43PM

    sensible move, why risk the livelihood of thousands of people associated with the industry for your egoistic motives. Here is to peace.Recommend

  • John Koch
    Dec 17, 2016 - 9:07PM

    Hey I’m all up for it! It brought no good to anyone. Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Dec 18, 2016 - 6:22AM

    @Shahid: In India everyone has banned Pakistani movies, our artists, etc. and we have no self respect.Recommend

  • mirestan
    Dec 18, 2016 - 8:02AM

    No national pride? Is money more important than dignity? Allah blesses this Pakistani Nation.Recommend

  • Truth
    Dec 18, 2016 - 8:13AM

    Are we making fun of ourselves as a country?First cotton imports, now Bollywood movies, Indian channels and Indian content in TV and Radio will follow soon. Why to ban them in first place if we know we cannot survive without it for long time.Recommend

  • Truth
    Dec 18, 2016 - 8:20AM

    Cricket, Bollywood movies, Bollywood music, water and cotton import should not be mixed with politics . But trade route should be mixed with politics.Recommend

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Dec 18, 2016 - 8:24AM

    Reality bites in the face! Money is kept above Honor for false pride.Recommend

  • Zafar Sipra
    Dec 18, 2016 - 9:38AM

    About time ! I was much missing the simian jig from mountain peak to mountain peak.Recommend

  • Secular Indian
    Dec 18, 2016 - 11:04AM

    cinema , art, music, sports , literature, media are soft targets for ultra nationalists and trouble makers on both sides. Lets hope for sake of cooling tempers , people on both sides just chill by watching movies. Trouble makers on our side should be happy to see Hindi movies being shown again. lesson for them , how medieval are they when they ban artists from pkistan to act in Indian Movies. also by doing so our soft power is being restricted, which goes agaisnt deep Strategy ..lolRecommend

  • mohsin
    Dec 18, 2016 - 12:03PM

    highly disgusting & truth is pakistani cinema cannot survive without bollywood movies..soo think twice before banning indian movies.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Dec 18, 2016 - 12:14PM

    Cinema owners riduculed themselves.Recommend

  • Nomad
    Dec 18, 2016 - 12:51PM

    Puppy shame.. where did your ego go.. this galeezRecommend

  • Rajesh
    Dec 18, 2016 - 12:53PM

    What happened to the plan to screen movies from Iran, Turkey and China in Pakistan to replace Indian Bollywood Movies?Recommend

  • Ali Bhai
    Dec 18, 2016 - 1:08PM

    Trade between the two is still happening. We are importing cotton and yarn from India in huge quantities. Why the art forms should be politicized? Welcome move. Lets not burn these bridges.Recommend

  • Shahid
    Dec 18, 2016 - 2:26PM

    @Shuaib:
    Yes Shuaib you are right but that has been done because of the pressure of small pressure groups in India. The majority is the one who welcomed our stars with open arms and gave them big opportunities in the first place which should also be kept in mind. The other thing is in Pakistan people have made huge investments in new cinemas which were done by acquiring huge bank loans payable over years. If we cut their income stream they are going to go in to default and thousands of people will lose their jobs.

    Textile trade of millions of dollars is still going on between two countries.

    This is a temporary phase will pass we just have to be mature about it and shouldn’t be a matter of patriotism. Lets enjoy cinema, Indian and Pakistani both.Recommend

  • good move
    Dec 18, 2016 - 4:43PM

    India and Pakistan are made up of one people. Pakistani’s are not Arabs, Iranians, Turkish, Afghani, or any other nationality. Hypocrisy has ended, proving that we are not so nationalistic after all, between making money and nationalistic we have chosen to make money, better late than never. How much was the loss to the movie theatre’s to the extent that they could not bear the loses any longer? would be the question to ask.Recommend

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